welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is ben bland. our top stories: austria elects the world's youngest leader. but will 31—year—old sebastian kurz forge a coalition with the far—right? somalia's deadliest attack in a decade: saturday's massive bomb blast in the capital is known to have killed at least 230 people. warning of "potential danger to life" as hurricane ophelia barrels across the atlantic towards the british isles. and — more claims of sexual assault against hollywood kingpin harvey weinstein. police in britain investigate allegations by three women. the head of austria's conservative people's party is on course to become the world's youngest national leader, at the age of 31.
after his victory in sunday's general election, sebastian kurz, is still well short of a majority — but he's in a strong position to form a new coalition government. asjenny hill reports from vienna, he may have to rely on the far—right freedom party, whose campaign was dominated by immigration concerns. the new face of austrian politics. sebastian kurz has rejuvenated his party and changed his country's political landscape. translation: voters have handed us a great responsibility. many people but big hopes in our movement. i promise i will do all in my power to fight for change and i invite you tojoin me. herr kurz, a word for the bbc? has austria moved to the right today? is it a victory for the right? no answer for us but mr kurz is shifting his party's politics. as foreign minister during the refugee crisis, he closed the country's borders. now he's leaving the door open to the far right. even on the campaign trail,
his potential new partner, the anti—migrant freedom party, sensed the victory of sorts. at this rally, its leader warned that foreigners are replacing the native austrian population. mr kurz will have to form a coalition government, and this is his most likely choice. translation: we thank voters for their trust. many austrians used their democratic right today. democracy has won in austria today. so, perhaps, has image. austria's chancellor—elect talks not about his party but his bewegung, a macron—style movement. but vienna has seen it all before. nearly 20 years ago, mr kurz‘s party invited the far right into government. then there was shock, dismay, some european countries imposed diplomatic sanctions. today, in an eu bruised by the migrant crisis, few are surprised. translation: i think it's great that kurz is the leader. they're all tricksters. i did vote for kurz. i'm shocked and outraged. i'm very disappointed that austria
has voted like this. it's irrational. populist success, the mainstream chasing the right. europe's youngest leader and embodiment of shifting political ground. jenny hill, bbc news, vienna. and — there's lots more on our website about the austrian election — just go to bbc.com/news where you'll find analysis of the main issues — and a profile of conservative leader sebastian kurz. you can also download the bbc news app. police in somalia say the massive bomb attack in the capital mogadishu on saturday has now killed at least 230 people — and wounded hundreds of others. it was the deadliest attack on civilians since the islamist group al—shabab launched its insurgency ten years ago. anne soy reports. search and rescue efforts continue more than 2a hours after the blast.
hopes of finding people alive are fading. those who recover the remains of their loved ones can be counted lucky. many bodies cannot be identified. it is one of the worst bomb blasts ever on somali soil. a truck laden with explosives struck at a busy intersection on saturday, reducing buildings to rubble and setting vehicles alight. the scale of casualties is unprecedented. president mohamed abdullahi farmajo visited some of the injured in hospital. he also donated blood. the president is in no doubt as to who is responsible for the attack. translation: indeed, it is a hard period. yesterday's truck bomb attack is a national disaster that claimed many people's lives and it signifies
that the terrorist group al—shabab are cruel and nasty people who kill anyone. a city with just a handful of hospitals has been tested to its limit. medics are overwhelmed. translation: what happened yesterday was incredible. i've never seen such a thing before and the death toll is uncountable. corpses were burned and no—one could recognise them. somalia has been battling insurgency for years. the un—backed government is supported by a regional african union force but al—shabab has shown it remains capable of staging high—profile attacks in the capital. and every so often they test the resilience of a country determined to emerge from the rubble. in a rare show of anger, residents protest on the streets of mogadishu. they want the government to avenge the deaths of their loved ones and end a decade of attacks from the home—grown militants. anne soy, bbc news. joining us now from minneapolis
is abdi ismail samatar — he's a scholar, writer and professor with the university of minnesota and has written extensively about democracy and development in africa. welcome to the programme. if this does turn out to be al—shabab, does it suggest the group is far from being on the run, that it is stronger than ever? i am pretty certain this is al—shabab because the truck came from a road in an area that is dominated by al—shabab. i think what we see here is that al—shabab is incredibly resilient and the african union force of 22,000 forces —— soldiers that have beenin 22,000 forces —— soldiers that have been in the country for ten years are engaged in a war using the wrong strategy and the wrong tactics. yes,
a guerrilla war. ijust don't think they are going to deliver the promised peaceful somalia. be that as it may, it is easy to point the finger at what they are doing wrong. what should they be doing instead? the international community including the united states and the european union that fully fund the african union force, should be spending a quarter of the 1.5 billion that they spend, on creating a somali security force in the —— who can go to the rat holes and can engage with al—shabab. that is the first strategy. the second, the international community has been incredibly resistant to engage in a political strategy that can break al—shabab apart and consequently,
they have given the floor to al—shabab to rome in the country free of charge. so how is al-shabab being funded? that is a billion—dollar question. i think they tax local people in debt local areas and the vast areas of the country they occupy. they get resources from overseas and we don't quite know where that is. they are quite know where that is. they are quite effective in using whatever resources they get in hitting critical targets. particularly in mogadishu. they don't hit in the south of the country, nor in the north. they have concentrated on the few areas where the somali government rules and so i think they are going to be with us unless there is careful thinking of the international strategy and the mobilisation of the somali people. thank you very much. iraqi forces are advancing towards kurdish—held sites in kirkuk province, as tensions rise
between the two sides over the future of iraqi kurdistan. the soldiers were deployed after the kurds held a referendum on independence last month. kurdish leaders say they're still hoping for a peaceful solution to the crisis. from kirkuk, orla guerin sent this report. facing a new threat, and perhaps a new battle ground. the kurdish peshmerga, ringed by the mountains, and now by the iraqi military. former allies turned foes over the fate of kirkuk. this veteran kurdish commander told me they have drawn a line in the sand, and if they must, will wage war. we don't like war. we peacefully, we like to find a peaceful solution for the province, but if they try to cross us, we will answer them. you are ready for a shooting war if needs be?
yes, 100%, yes. for now, they wait, poised in case the war of words turns into something worse. the iraqi military wants this front line position. the kurds say they won't give it up. in fact, they have been bringing reinforcements. they tell us they now have is fighters on one side, and iraqi forces on the other. they feel like they have two enemies to deal with. the international community is looking on with concern. few would want another warfront in iraq. the oil fields nearby would be part of the spoils. along with the disputed city, in kurdish hands since 2014. that's when iraqi forces fled, as is advanced. the kurds here say they will defend the city to the death, including the shoemaker of kirkuk. while we are still breathing,
no—one can come here, says mohammed. they will have to kill us first. me, my family and my whole household will stand in front of them. baghdad has been sending the big guns. so far, the tanks have remained outside the city. iraq's prime minister says he won't fire on his fellow citizens, the kurds, but he seems determined to reclaim territory and kirkuk is now a powder keg. orla guerin, bbc news, northern iraq. britain and ireland are bracing themselves for the arrival of hurricane ophelia. it's the most powerful storm ever to have formed so far east in the atlantic. the met office has warned of "potential danger to life" with strong winds, heavy rain and storm surges expected. there's a severe weather warning in place, although it's hoped ophelia may weaken to a tropical storm by the time it makes landfall.
sarah corker reports. packing violent and destructive winds of up to 90 mph, this is ophelia, moving through the atlantic ocean and heading for the republic of ireland. southern and western coasts will be the hardest hit. forecasters have warned the storm will be potentially life—threatening, causing widespread travel disruption and power outages. we are expecting the forecast tomorrow to have significant disruption to electricity supplies and we expect early in the morning to have all of our crews deployed. it has been a particularly active season. we have never seen a storm that strong so close to europe, uk and ireland in history, really. it has weakened a little bit through
the past 2a hours. no longer a hurricane for today but it will still pack a punch. met office warnings indicate the severity to life and property. across western parts of wales, the coasts of western england, south—west scotland and northern ireland, there is an amber warning and northern ireland, there is an amberwarning in and northern ireland, there is an amber warning in place. people were securing property in the coast. some ferries and flights have been cancelled and all schools, colleges and court are closed. we hope all our students, staff and everyone heed the advice, state safe, stays in doors and we can see everyone backin in doors and we can see everyone back in school. the worst storms in thousands of years hit the uk coast... ophelia will hit exactly 30 yea rs coast... ophelia will hit exactly 30 years after the famous storm in the 19805. years after the famous storm in the
1980s. weather forecasting years after the famous storm in the 1980s. weatherforecasting has come a long way since then. this was —— this time it is ireland who will bear the brunt of the storm. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. voting has ended and ballots are being counted in venezuela's regional election. all 23 states in the south american nation are being contested with the ruling socialist party currently controlling the vast majority. high inflation, high violent crime and food shortage however are expected to play a significant role in shaping the decision of many ordinary venezuelans who turned out to vote fires in northwestern spain have killed two people. hundreds of firefighters are battling more than a dozen major blazes in the region of galicia. rain and cooler temperatures are expected to ease conditions in the next few hours. government officials have blamed arsonists for starting many of the fires. typhoon khanun has made landfall in southern china with destructive winds and flooding rains. transport, including flights and ferries, were suspended after eight cities issued alerts for the typhoon. the system is expected to move back
over open waters in the next day. it's the 20th typhoon this year. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: censorship — and social media. china steps up efforts to ‘control the narrative' ahead of the communist party's annual congress. parts of san francisco least affected by the earthquake are returning to life. but in the marina area, where most of the damage was done, they're more conscious than ever of how much has been destroyed. in the 19 years since he was last here, he's gone from being a little—known revolutionary to an experienced and successful diplomatic operator. it was a 20 pound bomb that exploded on the fifth floor of the grand hotel, ripping a hole in the front of the building. this government will not weaken. democracy will prevail. it fills me with humility
and gratitude to know that i have been chosen as the recipient of this foremost of earthly honours. this catholic nation held its breath for the men they call the 33. and then... bells toll bells tolled nationwide to announce the first rescue and chile let out an almighty roar. this is bbc news. the latest headlines... austria has elected 31—year—old sebastian kurz of the conservative people's party to be its next leader. saturday's massive bomb blast in the somali capital mogadishu is known to have killed at least 230 people. it's the country's deadliest attack in a decade. police in london are investigating allegations of sexual assault made
by three women against the hollywood film producer, harvey weinstein. one of them, actress lysette anthony, says she was raped by weinstein at her flat in the late 1980s. another woman has made allegations of an attack in 1992, while a third says she was assaulted on three separate occasions since 2010. daniel sandford reports. being battered by a storm of sexual abuse allegations in america, the clouds are gathering over harvey weinstein in the uk too. this was british actress lysette anthony in 1982, 19 years old and at the start of her career, filming the science—fiction fantasy krull. that was when she met harvey weinstein. and in today's sunday times, she claims that a few years later, he raped her at her london home. harvey weinstein, who has been lauded as a hollywood a—lister
for decades, has now conceded he made mistakes and needs help, but has categorically denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. the metropolitan police started investigating the allegations by lysette anthony last week. the force now says two more women have come forward. one claims harvey weinstein assaulted her in 1992, the other that he assaulted her three times, in 2010, 2011 and 2015. but if detectives decide they do want to charge harvey weinstein, bringing him here would not necessarily happen quickly. the courts in america would want to deal with all the cases there before extraditing him to britain. actress alice evans says she managed to avoid weinstein's advances in cannes in 2002 when he asked to feel her breasts, but she thinks it
damaged her career. it was very odd. the overtures were nothing to do with, "wow, you're really pretty." or, you know, "i'm really enjoying your..." it was nothing to do with me. it was, i want to touch your... they say your blood runs cold, but it's not really your blood, it's almost like your stomach turns. last night, the academy of motion pictures, which hands out oscars, expelled harvey weinstein and today, the french president, emmanuel macron, said the film producer would lose his legion d'honneur, one of france's highest decorations. but he now faces the real possibility of a criminal prosecution either in america or in britain. daniel sandford, bbc news, at new scotland yard. our correspondent, laura bicker, is in los angeles. she has more on the police investigation there. prosecutors here in the us face a number of hurdles. the first is known as a statute of limitations. that means any alleged sexual offences have to have taken place recently if the police
are to take any action. the second is many women have signed confidentiality agreements, according to the newspaper reports. now are they willing to come forward and put themselves through the court cases? a big question for them. when it comes to the last week, one actress who said she was propositioned by harvey weinstein, told the new york post, the most shocking thing has been that women are finally believed. when it comes to that culture, that is what people in the industry want changed. they want women to be able to come forward without being victimised. the leader of the spanish region of catalonia, carles puigdemont, now has under seven hours left to tell the central government in madrid whether or not he has actually declared independence. it follows the independence referendum declared illegal by spain's courts.
if mr puigdemont replies that he has declared independence, the central government says that it will begin the process of suspending self—rule in the catalan region. our europe correspondent james reynolds reports from barcelona. ca rles carles puigdemont already has some of the trappings of a head of state. now spain wants him to spell it out. has he declared independence for his region or not? at this memorial on sunday, carles puigdemont remembered a previous catalan leader executed in 1940 a previous catalan leader executed in 19110 by the military regime of spain. an event that fuelled the current campaign for independence. ca rles current campaign for independence. carles puigdemont is under pressure from all sides. pro—independence groups here want him to say that he has declared independence. the government in madrid wants him to say that he has not. on this, in his
last major appearance on the eve of madrid's deadline, the catalan leader refused to pick a side. translation: i want to reiterate that the government eyelid will make its decision based on commitment to peace, fortitude and democracy. even on the way out he made sure to give nothing away. president, your answer to madrid? spanish citizens in madrid are among many who want him to explain his position. they recently celebrated spain's national day. most of the people in spain wa nt to day. most of the people in spain want to be together. is part of spain cannot create this sort of issue that we are seeing today. here
in catalonia, opinion is divided. many still displayed their desire for independence. and all wait to hear their leader's reply. this week the chinese communist party holds its five—yearly congress at the great hall of the people in beijing. the climax will be the revealing of the new leadership team behind president xijinping. at a time like this the authorities believe they must do everything in their power to stamp out anything potentially embarrassing for the government. so the censors are in full swing, as china correspondent stephen mcdonell has been finding out. in order to land the 2008 beijing olympics, china made some promises in terms of opening up and freedom of expression. at the time, it seemed like things were getting better and better in that regard. but as we get further and further from the games, the censors have been cracking down hard. phone apps are powerful tools for control. pretty much everyone in china uses wechat. at sensitive times,
like during the party congress, keywords and phrases are blocked. using them can mean being reported to the authorities. and now, if you set up a discussion group on wechat, as administrator, you are responsible for what is said on wechat. the restriction of chat apps not from the chinese government has also been tested. whatsapp has been blocked, for example. if you cannot talk, how do you interact? this is what the communist party wanted to talk about. this has been opened to mark the achievements of the chinese government with president xi jinping as the leader. the fastest trains, the deepest submarines,
and ever more powerful military, and hundreds of images of the man credited with all of this, xijinping. xijinping.... now one for the star wars fans out there. a family in the us has built this replica of an imperial walker on their front lawn for halloween. standing at over six metres tall this robot from the dark side has been stopping traffic and drawing crowds of selfie hunters. apparently this is not a one—off though as the family is well known for their extravagant halloween displays, and to keep the neighbours onboard there is a suggestion box for next year's creation. hello there.
fairly quiet conditions out there at the moment. on monday, things turn more stormy to the west of the uk, especially in northern ireland. the met office has already issued an amber be prepared warning for strong winds from monday afternoon. damaging and disruptive gusts are expected. the worst will be in southern ireland. ophelia, an ex—hurricane, moves towards the shores. the met service in ireland has issued a red warning. danger to life and property across the entire country. the wind will steadily strengthen in the west. scotland will have rain come and go. dry conditions in england and wales. the winds start to pick up through the irish sea in particular as we go into the afternoon. western parts of wales, the isle of man, northern ireland, parts of south—west scotland in particular. we can see winds in excess of 80 miles per hour in a few spots. that will cause loose debris to fly around and travel disruption. only part of the story, of course. on monday, rain across the board in ireland.
cool conditions in scotland with outbreaks of rain. england and wales, away from western coasts, blustery day but quite a warm and sunny one, 23 degrees. evening rush—hour, midlands, northern england, gusty winds. the strongest of the wind in the north. the low pressure system will transfer to northern scotland. these areas could see 60—70 miles per hour winds. they could cause disruption. temperatures holding up into tuesday morning. through monday and tuesday, just a reminder, some problems around, not just with transport, power supply problems as well. check for warnings on the website and on the bbc weather app. the strongest winds will go down on tuesday. outbreaks of rain continue in scotland and northern ireland. a cold day there. england and wales, a lot of dry weather. light winds, hazy sunshine. feeling pleasant, even without the tropical layer of monday. later in the day, rain spreads in through the english channel.
this system willjust go north through tuesday night into wednesday. the warmest air confined to east anglia and the south—east. wet weather in southern counties of england. on wednesday, the midlands into northern england, southeasterly winds, the heaviest of the rain in the east of the pennines. part of eastern scotland as well. western areas, dry and bright. still feeling cool away from southern counties where it will be pleasant. quite a wet day here. overall this week, a stormy start to the week. things turn quieter but stronger winds as well. this is bbc news, the headlines: the head of austria's conservative people's party is on course to become the world's youngest national leader, at the age of 31. sebastian kurz is in a strong position to form a new coalition government, but may have to rely on the far—right freedom party. police in somalia say the massive bomb blast in the capital, mogadishu, has killed at least 230 people and wounded hundreds more. it's the deadliest attack since al—shabaab militants began their insurgency a decade ago.
britain and ireland are bracing themselves for the arrival of hurricane ophelia, the most powerful storm ever to have formed so far east in the atlantic. the met office has warned of potential danger to life, with strong winds, heavy rain and storm surges expected. it's hoped ophelia may weaken to a tropical storm by the time it makes landfall. now on bbc news, the week in parliament.